Ovtcharova J.G. / Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (DEU)Virtual Engineering involves the early, continuous, interconnected (process view) and integrated (system view) support of the development process with respect to coordination, evaluation, and ascertainment of the development results of all partners with the help of Virtual Prototypes. The use of Virtual Reality as a visualization and validation environment allows developers, distributors, manufacturers, and customers alike to virtually handle the future product from its specifi cation to service and recycling and to realistically assess it with regard to features and performance. The subject of Virtual Engineering not only affects processes on the operative level but aspects of corporate and managerial development in particular, as well as the planning, development, implementation, utilization, and customization of IT systems. The accomplishment of this comprehensive interdisciplinary task requires new approaches that allow the integration of the dimensions methods, organization, and technology within the entire company.